Com­mit­tee wants to know about the ferry fund

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Mike D’Arcy

THE Dain­tree Coast Com­mu­nity Coun­cil has writ­ten to the Dou­glas Shire re­quest­ing in­for­ma­tion about the sta­tus of the Ferry Re­serve Fund, with a view to start­ing a di­a­logue into the long term ca­pac­ity of the Fund.

Mat­ters

to be dis­cussed would in­clude the rev­enue gen­er­ated from the Dain­tree River Ferry, the Rules and Pol­icy sur­round­ing the Ferry Re­serve, and pos­si­ble fu­ture risks, uses and ben­e­fits,” DCCC chair Lawrence Ma­son said this week.

“Given the crit­i­cal na­ture of the Dain­tree Ferry to the dayto-day func­tion and eco­nomic well-be­ing of the com­mu­nity north of the river, the fact that the na­ture of the Re­serve con­tin­ues to be so lit­tle un­der­stood has led to mis­in­for­ma­tion, ru­mours and spec­u­la­tion about pos­si­ble uses.

“Our com­mu­nity is thank­ful that pre­vi­ous Coun­cils had the fore­sight to in­sti­gate the Ferry Re­serve, and that this has been con­tin­ued by the cur­rent Coun­cil”.

The Ferry Re­serve is meant to en­sure the long term vi­a­bil­ity of ferry oper­a­tions for the ben­e­fit of the com­mu­nity north of the River, the Re­serve now stands at around $3.5 mil­lion, with an­nual in­jec­tions of around $450,000.

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